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Shillong turns all shades of pink with cherry blossoms in full bloom

COVID-19 might have restricted humans to their homes but it has no control over nature. The beautiful hill station Shillong in Meghalaya has turned pink and blue with blooming cherry blossoms. If everything would have been normal (pre-COVID days), tourists would have flooded the hill station to be a part of the famous Cherry Blossom festival this year too. But unfortunately, there won’t be many admirers this time. 

The India International Cherry Blossom Festival, which is held every year in Shillong, has been cancelled this year due to COVID-19. But the pandemic couldn’t stop pretty flowers from adorning trees and covering most roads of the hill town. 

Shillong’s pink bounty is expected to bloom by early November. The cherry blossom, also known as Prunus cerasoides, are the gift from the Himalayas and cover the whole east and west Khasi hills. These gorgeous and vibrant flowers grow in the wild but can be spotted across the state during this time of the year. 

Besides Shillong, Japan too is renowned for its cherry blossom festivals. During this time of the year, the country turns into a cherry blossom wonderland and is visited by thousands of globetrotters. Similarly, Paris too has its cherry blossom days when the whole city turns all the more romantic and beautiful. 

Coronavirus might have put a question mark on your international travel plans to witness the cherry blossom festivals, but you can visit Meghalaya and get mesmerised. All you need is a COVID-19 negative rapid antigen test report or a RT-PCR report, taken no more than 72 hours before boarding the flight. Also, don’t forget to install the Arogya Setu app. 

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